I Love You Hollywood, I Hate You Hollywood
I was excited about the 2018 Golden Globes. Award season is one of my favorite events of the year, and I take pride in who Hollywood chooses as the “so-called” best. As a woman entering Hollywood (I plan on working in music supervision for film), it’s been a rough year for me. It’s been a rough year for anyone who loves or who is in Hollywood. I’ve been proud of Hollywood for booting abusers out (Ridley Scott and Netflix have been the shining stars in my book), and the Golden Globes seemed to be a beautiful celebration of the reinvention of Hollywood.
Every award season, those in Hollywood celebrate the past year of film and all of the creative achievements at various award ceremonies. In wake of sexual assault and harassment, The Golden Globes’ tagline was, “Hollywood, We Have a lot to Talk About”. Knowing that the place that holds my strongest passion in life works against me, is terrible, and has loomed a great sadness over everyone who feels the exact same way. So understandably, I was thrilled to hear of this call to change being promised. To discuss one of Hollywood’s greatest issues, in such a highly publicized arena, broadcasted on live television, is the perfect way to induce change. I mean, it’s worked so far for the #OscarsSoWhite movement, right? We can embrace change by not giving the highly coveted award to someone with an abusive past. On top of having the political host, Seth Meyers, The Golden Globes also took on wearing black in solidarity as a silent protest of harassment in the workplace. All of this sounded perfect, but The Golden Globes quickly became hypocritical.
The Golden Globes claimed they were a safe space for everyone, free of abusers. But alas, the Golden Globes awarded 3 men throughout the night, who all happened to be accused abusers. The winner for Best Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama, Gary Oldman, was accused by his ex-wife of beating her in front of their children in 2001. The winner of Best Actor in a Motion Picture- Musical or Comedy, James Franco, has also been accused of sexual harassment including events involving minors. Finally, The Golden Globes honored 101 year old Kirk Douglas, with a standing ovation when he entered the stage. Douglas has been riddled with accusations of raping actress, Natalie Wood. Awarding these men allow for women to not only feel unsafe, but to invalidate everything The Golden Globes was supposed to be presenting. Despite Hollywood’s major improvements in getting rid of previous abusers, the industry still allows some in. It’s disheartening Hollywood; why are you continuing to allow abusers in? On behalf of all women in Hollywood, these actions make us feel like you don’t care.
On top of the issue of awarding abusers, abusers were also allowed to blend in. Almost everyone was expected to wear black, and anyone who wasn’t would be assumed to be labeled by the press as an abuser. But wearing a simple outfit does not mean anything, it’s a quick costume with barely any meaning. I don’t want to mean offense, as the women who worked for this protest worked hard, and provided great publicity for the incredibly needed Times Up fund. I don’t want to come across as someone who is telling other like-minded women, what they can and cannot do. But soon, abusers were able to quickly change into a costume, giving the general public a sign that says, “Hey! I’m not an abuser!”. The inspiring women who founded the Times Up campaign, I can assure you, did not mean for this. It was a simple idea, that was blown out of proportion. It wasn’t the smartest idea, and I cannot place the blame on anyone besides the documented abusers who participated. Actors and actresses who have praised child abuser Woody Allen, proudly boasted Times Up pins, a complete contradiction. If you truly do believe the time is up for abusers in Hollywood, why do you continue to allow yourself (I’m looking at you Justin Timberlake), at such a high status, to work with these abusers? And why did every man, who all wore black in solidarity, dare to not speak onstage of these issues faced by their fellow women? It’s absolutely infuriating to watch.
By not encouraging men to speak up, allowing abusers to blend in, and continuing to honor abusers, it shows you still don’t care about women, Hollywood. These actions invalidate the cause “you are fixing and honoring”, Hollywood. Hollywood, I’ve taken pride in your claim to change. You have barely changed your actions. And by not changing your actions, Hollywood, you are continuing to break the hearts of women everywhere.